Know the Truck “No Zones”

by Staff Blogger | July 24th, 2017

Driving near a semi-truck or tractor trailer can be a nerve-wracking experience. Not only do big trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds and have much longer stopping distances than cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs, but they also have huge blind spots that can put other drivers at risk.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that truck drivers have limited visibility on all four sides of their vehicles—which are areas called “No Zones.”

These areas include:

  • 20 feet in front of the truck’s cabin
  • One lane width directly underneath and behind the driver side of the truck
  • Two lane widths directly underneath and behind the passenger side of the truck
  • 30 feet behind the truck’s trailer

Because truck “No Zones” are so large, it’s important for drivers to be aware of them when they drive near big rigs. One key to remember is that if you can’t see a truck driver’s mirrors, there’s a good chance he can’t see your vehicle.

“No Zones” are just one factor that can contribute to truck accidents. Negligence on behalf of the truck driver, owner, or company can also lead to serious crashes that cause victims to suffer serious injuries. If you or someone you love was hurt in a big truck accident, Berg Injury Lawyers is here to help. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.